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Jahangir Tareen was ‘touch and go’ case when he reached UK

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  • Jahangir Tareen was brought for admission at London Clinic on Harley Street, source says.
  • Tareen was critically ill when he was air-lifted from Lahore in an air ambulance, source says.
  • Tareen in touch with some people of his group but not holding any meetings, source says.

LONDON: Billionaire industrialist and former PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen was a “touch and go” case when he arrived in London three weeks ago for the emergency medical treatment, a source who has seen medical reports of Tareen said.

Speaking on condition of strict anonymity, the medical source shared that Tareen was brought for admission at London Clinic on Harley Street where he spent around a week for his treatment.

The source shared that Tareen was critically ill when he was air-lifted from Lahore in a privately arranged ambulance. Tareen’s son and heir, Ali Tareen, his wife, and daughters also accompanied the businessman and politician and remained with him at the countryside estate of the family in Newbury, near Oxford.

The medical source who spoke to this reporter has seen evidence of Tareen’s illness. He shared that doctors and family were very worried for him.

The source said Tareen was admitted at Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore where his health deteriorated. The family paid over £100,000 for the air ambulance.

The medical source said that he was not aware that Tareen had any issues related to cancer. The source said that medical reports suggested that Tareen was tested COVID positive in Pakistan but he recovered well.

The UK medical source said that Tareen has suffered from “long COVID effects” and what he was going through was “after-effects of COVID”.

After being discharged from the London Clinic around two weeks ago, Tareen has been resting and getting treatment at his home, surrounded by his family.

He has remained in touch with key members of his group but he has avoided meeting anyone in person and his family is keeping a tight regimen around him.

A source close to the Tareen family refused to share any details about his exact medical condition but agreed that he was critically ill at one stage and on the mend.

The family source said that Tareen continues to get medical treatment and is focusing on his health at this stage.

The source confirmed that he’s in touch with some people from his group in Pakistan but not holding any meetings in Newbury.

Tareen will fly to Pakistan once he gets clearance from his doctors, said the sources.

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Parliament’s joint session has been rescheduled for April 18.

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Following the general elections on February 8, the legislative year will begin on Thursday with President Asif Ali Zardari addressing the first session of both houses of parliament.

Articles 54 (1) and 56 (3) of the Constitution were invoked by President Zardari to call the meeting. According to Article 56(3), he will speak to the combined session, which starts at 4 p.m.

The combined session, which was originally set for April 16, has been moved to April 18. For this reason, the April 16 joint parliamentary session notification is revoked.

Note that both the upper and lower houses have had their members elected in accordance with the constitution, and that this will be the nation’s first joint session after the new legislative year has begun.

Former President Arif Alvi was still in office after the elections that took place on February 8, but he was unable to call a joint session because the Senate elections had not yet taken place.

The combined session was summoned by President Zardari a few weeks after he took the oath of office and after the Senate elections went well.

Some months after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s coalition government had taken power in the center, Alvi had already called a joint session of parliament on October 6, 2022.

On the other hand, the session was called by the then-president to commemorate the start of the 2022 National Assembly’s final full year.

Amidst the nation’s increasing political instability, the former president emphasized the need for dialogue and urged to end polarization in his speech to the parliament, which was marred by an unexpected boycott by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F).

“Stubbornness doesn’t mean that a person is a Polarized person.”

In the end, the number of parliamentarians in attendance during the former president’s speech dropped down to 12 from the initial 15 people.

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In instances from May 9, the ATC prevented police from detaining Fawad Chaudhry.

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The ATC judge issued the directives after allowing Fawad Chaudhry temporary release until April 20 in four cases involving the violence on May 9.

Additionally, the police were instructed by the court to bring the case file against Chaudhry at the following hearing.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Fawad Chaudhry expressed his optimism for a bright future after spending four stints behind bars.

Among the numerous issues Chaudhry is dealing with are allegations of corruption.

The former PTI leader was released from Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail on April 6.

On April 1, Fawad Chaudhry was granted bail by a division bench of the Islamabad High Court, which was composed of Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri. The case included land in Jhelum and was brought before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Qasir Imam, Fawad’s attorney, had previously told the court that his client was accused of accepting a Rs. 5 million bribe from a civilian.

He added that he had never seen the complainant whose complaint led to the filing of a first information report (FIR) against his client. The accusation is that the complainant bribed Fawad and his client offered him a job.

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The SHC is contesting Aseefa Bhutto’s election to the Nawabshah NA seat.

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Mustafa Rind of the PTI asserted in a high court suit that his nomination papers were turned down following his kidnapping.

He begged that the announcement of Aseefa Bhutto’s uncontested election be deemed invalid, and he added that a by-election to fill the National Assembly’s open seats will take place on April 21.

On March 29, the Pakistani Election Commission announced that Aseefa Bhutto had emerged victorious as the MNA from NA-207, following the withdrawal of nomination papers from the remaining three candidates.

Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah), which became vacant after her father Asif Ali Zardari was elected as Pakistan’s 14th President, was held by Aseefa Bhutto in the National Assembly.

In the initial round of nomination papers for the by-election, 11 candidates were confirmed by the Returning Officer. Only four nominees’ papers, including Aseefa Zardari, were accepted after careful examination, nevertheless.

In an effort to garner support for her brother Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Aseefa led a number of rallies during the PPP’s strong involvement in the election campaign leading up to the general elections on February 8. At a PPP gathering in Multan on November 30, 2020, she made her political debut.

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